Well, actually, it’d be May 4th, but that’s close enough to May Day that if the litters appear we’d probably have to name them after flowers.
This is Sirocco, an 11 month old chocolate agouti doe. She’s one of the ‘atmospheric conditions’ named bunnies, so she was born last year. She is the cleanest molting angora I’ve ever seen. Usually, they will molt, but the wool gets all tangled into mats and stays clumped on the bunny if it’s not taken off by someone. Sirocco will molt clean with no clumps. Very strange, but kinda nice to not have to worry about getting her coat off in time when she molts. Loses the fiber but doesn’t harm the bunny by having clumps of hair getting them all tangled up.
Sirocco met up with Hillside Gomez. He’s Janet’s brother and came from the People Named Year so he’s two years old. Well, a year and seven months, but he was born in 2015.
This was his first time and he had the most amazed look on his face afterwards. Shock and awe and he seemed dazed for awhile after. Sirocco didn’t even roll her eyes, so that was a good thing, too, I guess.
This is Gomie after a haircut so he’s not fuzzy at the moment. Boy angoras need a haircut before meeting the girls or the hair gets in the way and no baby bunnies. He will be fuzzy again soon enough. Still, I don’t think he cares if he has a bad haircut if he gets to meet girl bunnies.
We’re not sure yet if Gomez is on loan or is moving back to stay, we will find out when his person is back from vacation. Sydney is also a here again gone again kinda guy, but genetically, it’s good to have visiting bucks.
Gomez has been a busy boy. He’s met up with Hillside Sirocco as you already know. But, he’s also met up with Hillside Cheiri, Hiratas Cocoa Puff and Hillside Sandy Storm.
This is Cocoa Puff, she is the mother of Tootsie, Gayle & Ginger and is four years and three months old at the moment. We don’t know much about Gomez’s genetics at the moment since both his parents were black. We will see all solid colors from this litter, no agouti or fawns. Gomez’s dam had a recessive for chocolate, if Gomie got that, then there may be some chocolates from the litter. Both his parents had a recessive for REW (albino) but we don’t know if Cocoa has it. If she does and he does, then maybe REW. We don’t really know what else, to look for, this may be an all black litter.
Here’s Sirocco when she’s not yawning. With a litter between Gomez & Sirocco, we will probably see half of them some sort of agouti pattern. (white around the eyes, in the ears and undercarriage with each hair being multiple colors along the hair shaft). If he has no recessives, then statistically speaking, half the litter will be agouti (wild rabbit color) and the other half will be solid black. However, if he has the chocolate recessive from his mum, then there will be half chocolate colors in the litter. Sirocco has the recessive for torts & fawns, but we don’t know if Gomez does.
For some reason I can’t find a picture of Sandy. She’s the cutest little fawn doe, too. Guess my next project will be to take pictures of every bunny and update the who’s who files. Sandy Storm is fawn, which is an agouti color. So we can pretty much expect the same possible colors between her and Gomez as between Gomez & Sirocco, although more possibility of fawns if Gomez has the recessive for it.
Gomie also met up with Cheiri, who is also a black bunny. She has a recessive for albino as well as tort/fawn, but we don’t know if Gomie has them. Maybe this will be an all black litter?
Phineus Phogge also met up with Ginger, but I don’t know if it actually worked, generally it takes a little longer than two seconds. Three at least! I’ll let them meet up again later today and see if they can be more traditional about these sorts of things.
Later, I’ll probably see if Sydney wants to meet up with anyone, but I’ll have to check the database first to see who would be the best pairings.
If any of this works, then we should see baby bunnies on May 4th.